Nice'phorus Iii. Botania'tes
（o( *Botania/ths,) emperor of Constantinople A. D. 1078-1081.
He belonged to an illustrious family which boasted of a descent from the Fabii of Rome.
He was looked upon as a brave general, but his military skill was the only quality that recommended him.
It is related in the life of the emperor Michael VII. Parapinaces, how Michael lost his throne in consequence of the contemporaneous rebellion of Bryennius and Botaniates, the subject of this article, and that the latter succeeded Michael on the throne. Botaniates was crowned on the 25th of AMarch, 1078, and soon afterwards married Maria, the wife of Michael, from whom she became divorced by the deposed emperor taking holy orders. Before Nicephorus could enjoy his crown he had to defend it against Bryennius, whom he routed and made a prisoner in the bloody battle of Salabrya. Bryennius met the fate of most of the unfortunate rebels: he had his eves put out, and was finally assassinated. Nicephorus made him